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Erik T In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Showtunes, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Erik T In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Showtunes, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music, Dual Major in Music Education and Music Production and Engineering Master of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Public and International Affairs
Overview:
I am a guitarist/ multi-instrumentalist with 29 years' experience. In 1997 I graduated from Berklee College of Music as a guitar principal and Music Education Major (I hold a Dual-Major in Music Education, and Sound Production and Engineering from Berklee). I am an experienced teacher of electric, acoustic and bass guitar, as well as ukulele. I have taught solo private lessons, as well as group lessons for all of the above instruments. As a touring musician I have performed across the United States and Europe, and as a studio musician (I also owned a commercial recording facility in Boston, MA for four years) I have performed on numerous records in genres ranging from rock, pop, hip hop, soul and jazz.
EXPERIENCE
I first began teaching in high school, helping to get fellow classmates comfortable on the guitar. While at Berklee I taught music in a K-12 public school context as part of my student-teaching initiative. After graduating from Berklee I found that teaching private lessons gave me a challenge that I loved and found fulfilling. I really enjoy creating a custom plan for each student to help get them to where they want to go in playing an instrument. Often, a student wants to learn a modern style of music, and I like combining such current styles with wisdom and ideas from older genres (such as jazz and classical) to help round out their musical education.
METHODS USED
For beginning students, I use the Hal Leonard Basic or Kids Guitar Method because it is such a good introduction to the instrument. For bass and ukulele I also use the beginner Hal Leonard Method books. For more advanced students, I first get a sense for what they want to learn and where they want to go, by asking them some questions about their previous education, what songs they like to listen to, and any problems with practicing or grasping the material, that they may have experienced. Then, I create a custom lesson plan catered to their goals, based on my experience, and various methods gained from Berklee College of Music curricula.
LESSON STYLE
Because I have gained so much in terms of amazing experiences from playing, writing, recording and performing music, I want to pass that passion on to those who are interested in learning music, and an instrument, themselves. I am very plan-oriented, knowing that students learn differently and progress at their own pace. In following the structure of a plan for learning, I build in some opportunities for students to experiment with what has been learned, in a way that other students have found to be fun, so that a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of the instrument, and musical structure, are gained by the student.
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